Goch

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Goch
Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
Coat of arms of Goch
Coat of arms
Goch  is located in Germany
Goch
Goch
Coordinates: 51°41′2″N 06°9′43″E / 51.68389°N 6.16194°E / 51.68389; 6.16194Coordinates: 51°41′2″N 06°9′43″E / 51.68389°N 6.16194°E / 51.68389; 6.16194
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Kleve
Government
 • Mayor Karl-Heinz Otto (CDU)
Area
 • Total 115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 33,063
 • Density 290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 47574
Dialling codes 02823,
02827 (Kessel, Hassum, Hommersum)
Vehicle registration KLE
Website www.goch.de

Goch (archaic spelling: Gog, Dutch: Gogh) is a town in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated close to the border with the Netherlands, approx. 12 km (7 mi) south of Kleve, and 27 km (17 mi) southeast of Nijmegen. Other places in Goch are Asperden and Kessel.

History[edit]

Goch is at least 750 years old: the earliest mention of Goch is in a document dated 1259. It was a part of the Duchy of Cleves. During World War II, the city was completely destroyed by Allied bombers.[2]

Watertower
View to a street: Am Steintor

Notable natives and residents[edit]

The city is the birthplace of:

The Spanish author, military leader, and governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Francisco de Moncada, died here in 1635.

Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

Goch is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 4 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stadtgeschichte". Stadt Goch. Retrieved 30 May 2013.